Edinburgh 2019: Documentary Overview

The 73rd Edinburgh International Film Festival

June 19-30

Just under 30 new or recent nonfiction – of approximately 120 features – appears in the lineup of this long-running Scottish event.


In addition to showcasing popular docs that have made their debut at other notable events, the festival presents a few world premieres, including: Paul Duane’s BEST BEFORE DEATH, following artist Bill Drummond for two years of his 12-year world tour; Tamar Rachkovsky’s HOME IN E MAJOR, a reflection on the relationship between the filmmaker and her elderly landlady; and Adam Park’s THE AMBER LIGHT, an exploration of Scottish whisky culture.


Among the nonfiction films making their UK premiere are: Alexandre Chartrand’s AND WITH A SMILE, THE REVOLUTION!, about the Catalan independence referendum of 2017; Philip Hoffman’s VULTURE, an experimental look at animals living in harmony with nature; Salvador Simó’s BUÑUEL IN THE LABYRINTH OF THE TURTLES, an animated exploration of the famed artist as he set out to make a documentary in 1930; Camille Budin’s CHILDREN OF THE UNIVERSE, in which a group of Swiss school children learn about astronomy; Damon Gameau’s 2040, a hopeful look at how technology can save the future; and Sarah Kaskas’ UNDERDOWN, a portrait of three impoverished people in Beirut.

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